Counseling Center

Student Support Network

Research shows that when a student experiences difficulty, they are most likely to turn to their friends first.  The Student Support Network (SSN) is a training designed to equip students with the skills and information they need to know how to respond positively when their friends are in crisis.  The training covers:

  • Active listening and support skills
  • Recognizing and responding to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance use/abuse, and disordered eating
  • How to support friends and connect them with resources that can provide help

SSN training is an interactive training involving group discussions, visualization, and role playing to provide hands-on practice to build skills and confidence in addressing difficult situations.  We ask that students make a commitment to participate in all 3 sessions.  There is no on-going commitment after the training, though there may be additional training and volunteer opportunities.

The fall 2015 training will be Fridays 2:00-4:30 on 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30.

If you have questions, would like to sign up, or be notified of future trainings, please contact Jessica Gifford, Mental Health Educator ( or x5637).